I decided to go for an Asian meal on Sunday and my sister-in-law was invited to share the meal. My brother is in a business visit to China till the end of the month and it had nothing to do with it really. It was a more earthly reason: A soy sauce bottle that will soon expire.
I know I should have posted before, but we had a thunderstorm on Sunday evening and my internet suffered from damages. Long and uninteresting story.
I wanted to try a Chinese recipe published by Evil Shenanigans a few days ago and it was perfect as a main dish.
I also saw on TV a fish fillet dish covered with sesame, I chose to make it in a more Asianized way. As an entrée, I wanted to make a salad but nothing from what I looked up satisfied me. So I improvised and created my own from a couple of inspirations.
I was not able to take step-by-step pictures really, but the Orange Chicken with Fried Rice you can find in details here. I recommend you to try this recipe, it is simply excellent! I made some minor changes like using honey instead of brown sugar and omitting the hot peppers in case my nephew decided to eat. I also omitted the eggs from the rice because my sister-in-law does not eat eggs.
The sauce was amazing though, a perfect combination of tastes and the rice complemented and complimented the chicken. A must try!
I am posting my pictures and also the recipes for the salad and the fish.
The salad was surprisingly fresh and made great accompaniment for the fish fillets that came out crunchy outside because of the sesame and soft inside.
Sesame Asian Salad
Serves 4- 5 people
- 2 medium carrots cut lengthwise
- 3 – 4 spring onions (white part) cut lengthwise
- 1 small green pepper
- 200g noodles
- A handful of:
- Shredded cabbage
- Bean sprouts
- 10-15 roasted salted peanuts
- For the Sauce:
- 1 Tbsp sesame (not toasted)
- 1 Tbsp Canola oil
- ½ Tbsp grated dried ginger
- 2-3 Tbsp soy sauce
- 2-3 Tbsp rice vinegar
Cook the noodles as per package.
Combine the ingredients of the sauce.
Drain the noodles and toss them with half the amount of the sauce.
Add the cut vegetables and the rest of the sauce and toss.
Add the cracked peanuts.
Note: Any preferred vegetables can be used.
Asian Sesame Fish Fillets
Serves 4- 5 people
- 1 Kg fish fillet (fresh or frozen)
- 1 Tbsp grated dried ginger
- Soy sauce
- Sesame (not toasted)
- Pepper to taste
- Canola oil to fry
Thaw the fish if frozen and cut in 10 cm pieces.
Put the soy sauce and the sesame in 2 different shallow bowls.
Combine the flour, the ginger and the pepper and put in a shallow bowl.
Dip the fish in the flour, then the soy sauce then the sesame and put aside.
Add a little oil to a pan and when hot fry the fish till they are fully cooked.
Serve with a salad or a sweet sauce.